David Slade to Direct Adaptation of 'Coward' Crime Noir Graphic Novel
Though the director's adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse wasn't our cup of tea, David Slade and his take on horror and suspense with films like 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy yielded positive results. Now the filmmaker is set for a new adaptation in the form of a modern crime noir based on the graphic novel Coward, the first in Ed Brubaker's Criminal series which consists of six interconnected stories. Published by Marvel Comics' Icon arm, the story follows Leo, a master thief and heist planner who lives in a world of hustlers, crooked cops, pickpockets and lowlifes. Apparently the sequel is being developed too. More below!
Slade told Variety, "Coward was just a great modern story. It harkens back to an era of crime stories where there's really a gritty reality to it, but there's a kind of underworld haze of noir. It's not like we have to reinvent the material, to figure it out, because it already works." The rest of the series following Coward (in this order) include, Lawless, The Dead and the Dying, Bad Night, The Sinners, and the forthcoming release of Last of the Innocent. It doesn't sound like the film will combine all the stories into one film since a sequel is already being developed as the first film looks to get off the ground. Hunting Lane Films is behind the adaptation and already has the option on the second volume in the series as well. The question is whether he'll tackle this before rebooting Daredevil for Fox.
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If you take any enjoyment from noir genre stuff, go read Criminal right fucking now. Brubaker is easily the most talented crime writer working today.
Lebowski on Oct 25, 2011
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